The day is here. We’re now just hours away from the Apple event, where we expect to see the iPhone 14 range, Apple Watch 8, Apple Watch 8 Pro, Apple Watch SE 2, and potentially the AirPods Pro 2 all revealed.
This could be one of the biggest Apple events in recent years, with lots of new products unveiled.
Going by the rumors and leaks so far, we can expect everything from minor changes for the standard iPhone 14 to major upgrades for the iPhone 14 Pro series. Think new 48MP camera, always-on display, no notch and more.
We might also meet a new Apple Watch model for rugged outdoor use, and on the audio front we’re hoping the AirPods Pro 2 will be a significant upgrade on the already impressive AirPods Pro; those feature on our list of best wireless earbuds.
In the meantime, we can expect plenty of last-minute leaks and rumors around the iPhone 14 and other Apple products.
With that in mind, we’ll be updating this live blog with all the very latest news in the run up to the event, as well as dissecting the information we have so far.
If you want to watch the Apple event live, then check out our guide on how to watch the Apple September 7 event.
Apple event rumored products
iPhone 14: While the standard iPhone 14 isn’t expected to offer a dramatic change over the iPhone 13, it’s is set to drop the mini model and get a larger 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Max or iPhone 14 Plus. It could also come with a 90Hz refresh rate display.
iPhone 14 Pro: Apple’s Pro phones are set to steal the show with some notable upgrades and changes over the iPhone 13 Pro models. Apple is tipped to kill the notch with a new pill-shaped camera cut-out, bring in A16 chip power, 48-megapixel main camera and always-on display.
Apple Watch 8: Evolution not revolution is set to be the aim with the next-gen Apple Watch. We’re expecting a design similar to the Apple Watch 7, but with features like the ability to measure body and skin temperature and a long-lasting, low-power mode.
Apple Watch 8 Pro: Apple is tipped to make a rugged version of its smartwatch for outdoor use. A design with the largest display yet, titanium construction and extra button could make for a smartwatch that can take a beating.
AirPods Pro 2: A new design has been tipped to debut with the next-gen AirPods Pro, as well as boosted audio and active noise cancellation abilities. And a new charging case could also feature Find My functionality with a built-in speaker.
How to watch the Apple event
The Apple event can be streamed on Apple.com as well as YouTube, and we have embedded the player below so you can follow along live as soon as Tim Cook takes the stage.
Knowing if and when you’ve ovulated can help with family planning, and the Apple Watch 8 makes it more convenient than using a physical thermometer and paper journal, Apple says.
(Incidentally, even though the theater is packed, we’re seeing a pre-recorded product announcement video as we have for the past two-plus years.)
So far it’s a recap of the basic Apple Watch features — sleep tracking, fitness tracking, blood oxygen monitoring and so forth. But Apple Watch 8 adds more, starting with a temperature sensor.
Temperature sensor is connected to cycle tracking for women, allowing monitoring for ovulation. The temperature sensor can give you a retrospective estimate of when you ovulate.
Apple is also emphasizing the privacy of this information, as that’s been a concern since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this year.
Jeff Williams, Apple’s COO, is going to lead us through the new Apple Watch lineup.
First up, the Apple Watch 8 — “all the things you love about Apple Watch, but even more.”
Apple Watch is first up. It’s always there, encourages you to stay active and monitors your health, says Tim Cook. And now we have a recurring segment of these Apple events where Apple shares testimonials from Apple Watch owners who had life-saving experiences with their smartwatch.
Special shout-out to the guy who used his Apple Watch when he was trapped by a bear.
Tim Cook says we’re talking about three products “that are essential in our lives” — iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods.
And away we go.
We’re less than five minutes from the beginning of the Apple event — great time to squeeze in one more rumor.
This one involves a leaked iPhone 14 Pro deal at T-Mobile where you’ll be able to get the new phone for free with a trade-in. Expect confirmation one way or the other in about an hour.
The crowd may be in their seats at the Steve Jobs Theater, but I’ve moved myself to the living room so I can watch the Apple Far Out event on my Apple TV. (Just go to the TV app to find the live stream.)
Trying to find a live stream of the Apple event for yourself. Here’s our guide on how to watch today’s Far Out event.
First look inside Steve Jobs Theater for Apple Event. Here comes the iPhone 14 and dare I say a VR headset preview? I mean the graphics are 3D ish… pic.twitter.com/Hu7bbjHyvTSeptember 7, 2022
We are through the looking glass*, people.
* “through the looking glass” means “inside the theater.”
Apple had a small smattering of attendees on its campus for the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but the keynote itself was pre-recorded. By my estimation, the Far Out event will be Apple’s first in-person product launch since the fall of 2019, when it showed off the iPhone 11.
Are people eager to return to in-person Apple product launches? We submit the photo above showing the pre-event crowd filling up the Steve Jobs Theater lobby as Exhibit A.
We interrupt our build-up to the Apple event for a glimpse at a would-be competitor to the Apple Watch 8 coming out later today.
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That’d be Sundar Picahi wearing what looks to be a Pixel Watch, the previewed though not released smartwatch that Google’s likely to roll out next month. It’s another sign that tech companies are hoping to challenge Apple in the smartwatch space, raising the stakes for today’s Apple Watch 8 reveal.
With new iPhones and Apple Watches likely coming today, it’s easy to overlook the AirPods Pro 2 that are also being tipped for a release. And if you’re part of the crowd wondering just how Apple can improve upon the AirPods Pro, there are a couple of rumored features that have caught my attention.
The first is that speaker grill, visible on the bottom of the AirPods Pro 2 charging case in a CAD image supposedly showing off the updated product. It’s widely thought that Apple is going to make it possible to add the AirPods Pro 2 case to its Find My network — a welcome addition if you’re like me and tend to spend at least one morning per week trying to remember where you left your earbuds.
Another potential feature also involves the case, and it’s a lanyard hook. That would let people attach their AirPods Pro case to a keychain, making it easier to keep track of the earbuds in the first place.
Big changes? No, not really. But welcome ones if you value keeping tabs on your stuff.
The arrival of the iPhone 14 Pro in about an hour likely means the end of Apple’s notch, first introduced five years ago on the iPhone X. And Sanjana Prakash couldn’t be happier about the notch’s farewell appearance.
Consider this your hour-or-so to go update live from the Steve Jobs Theater.
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Another report from Cupertino: the crowd’s been let into the Steve Jobs Theater where the Far Out event is taking place. We’re told they’ll be seated in about 40 minutes in advance of the 1 p.m. ET start.
At least there are baked goods to enjoy while passing the time.
We’re not just getting new hardware at today’s event, though understandably, that’s where the focus is going to be. Apple previewed various software releases during summer’s Worldwide Developer Conference, and it’s very likely the company announces release dates for the full versions of iOS 16, watchOS 9 and tvOS 16. It’s possible we could hear about macOS Ventura as well, though that might be tied to the rumored October product event where Apple is likely to show off new Macs. Apple has already told us that iPadOS 16 won’t ship until after iOS 16 arrives.
As for iOS 16, I’ve been spending a lot of time with the software update since the first beta arrived in July. I’ve already made the full-time move to iOS 16 on my everyday iPhone — no test models for this cowboy — and I think the full release will be polished enough for most people to do the same.
Global editor-in-chief Mark Spoonauer checks in from outside of Apple’s circular HQ.
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The Tom’s Guide crew is all checked in at the Apple event, and Kate Kozuch notes that the badges are paper this year. That’s a change from my event-going days when tech companies used plastic for the badges they handed out to press, VIPs and employees. Chalk that switch up to Apple’s on-going environmental moves, which I suspect we’ll hear more about during today’s product reveals.
Our first TikTok report, via Kate Kozuch, from Apple Park in Cupertino:
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The Tom’s Guide crew has arrived in Cupertino, two hours ahead of the scheduled Apple event. Punctuality is the politeness of princes, after all.
That’s Kate Kozuch, Mark Spoonauer and intrepid cameraman Marcus who will be giving us on-site reports from Cupertino all day long. Make sure to follow the Tom’s Guide TikTok (opens in new tab) for all the quick reactions and product hands-ons from the showcase.
Good morning — it’s me, Philip Michaels, here to take you up to the Apple Far Out Event starting at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and then typing furiously throughout so that all the details of Apple’s different product announcements are captured for all posterity.
Speaking of busy mornings, here’s a guy who figures to have a full calendar today.
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Maybe log off Twitter, dude, you’ve got a show to put on.
And while I’m musing, I’d like to see what the rumored A16 chip, supposedly only coming to the iPhone 14 Pro models, can do when it comes to gaming. Apple’s smartphone chips have been top performers for a long time, but I’d really like to see them deliver some stunning gaming performance.
That’ll hopefully lead to more visually impressive Apple Arcade games. I’ve recently been getting into the service, which offers a rather intriguing mix of games to play. But I’m hungry for something special, much like Infinity Blade was on the early iPhones. Failing that, some killer mobile ports of big titles would go down well.
As for the iPhone 14 upgrade yours truly might be most interested in, well that’s a tricky one. Fast charging for the iPhone 14 Pro would be good, as the iPhone 13 Pro that I swapped to from Android isn’t as snappy at charging as some of the best Android phones.
But I do like a good phone camera, so I can’t deny I’d really like to see what Apple could do with a 48MP main sensor. Knowing how Apple works with computational photography and image processing, I’m hoping for some shots that blow me away — though I do expect any shown off at the event to be well choreographed.
With iPhones being discontinued and the arrival of iOS 16, you may now be pondering whether you should upgrade to a new iPhone. It’s not as easy a question as it once was, given phones have received more incremental upgrades from generation to generation of late.
But we’ve got a rundown of the 5 biggest iPhone 14 Pro rumored upgrades, which should at least give you some early warning of whether you should be saving for a new device after today’s event. If you’re on an iPhone X or iPhone 11 at least, it may be time to upgrade.
Speaking of discontinued iPhones, the launch of the iPhone 14 range is likely to see some older Apple phones get put out to pasture.
As such, managing editor Philip Michaels has taken a look at what iPhones could be killed-off with the launch of the iPhone 14. I’d also suggest holding fire on buying an iPhone 13 today.
Let’s go back to the iPhone 14 range for a bit. As discussed it’s almost certainly game over for the iPhone mini, which will likely be replaced by the iPhone 14 Plus.
We like big phones here at Tom’s Guide and we cannot lie. But news editor Sanjana Prakash is an iPhone mini advocate, to the extent she wishes Apple wasn’t going to kill the iPhone mini.
“With inflation and prices soaring everywhere, I wish Apple would have been more mindful of this and given us a cheaper iPhone 14 mini. But going by the trends, consumers might just opt for the iPhone 14 Max to get a big-screen iPhone that was usually much more expensive — leaving compact phone fans like me with the iPhone SE (2022),” explains Prakash.
“I just hope the iPhone 14 Max does not mark the end of the road for the mini for good.”
Well it doesn’t look like you’ll be buying anything Apple for the time being, at least not from the main online store as it’s down. Apple simply left the message: “We’re making updates to the Apple Store. Check back soon.”
Now it doesn’t take a genius (thankfully, as I am not one) to work out that Apple is almost certainly adding new products to the store ready to go on sale or be up for pre-order after the Apple event.
One thing that’s not speculation from my point of view is how you absolutely shouldn’t buy an iPhone 13 today. Right now Apple has the iPhone 13 range at full price despite the imminent launch of the iPhone 14.
So you should wait to see what the iPhone 14 range has in store and if the iPhone 13 models are then discounted once the next-gen phones go on sale.
Of course, Far Out could also be a reference to the Apple Watch Pro, which as we’ve discussed could be a rugged and tough take on the Apple Watch 8 design for use outdoors and in extreme conditions.
Given traditional watches have had a link to glorified names, such as the Omega Spacemaster, maybe Apple is gong for the same feel with Far Out. The idea could be the Apple Watch Pro is designed to be used in such far out conditions it could conceivably be taken to space.
I guess we’ll have to… watch this space. (I’m sorry.)
Sometimes waiting can be the hardest thing, and while we’re mere hours away from the Apple event, I’m still chewing over what’s going to be ‘Far Out’ about Cupertino’s showcase.
But I’ve penned an article looking into why Apple may have chosen to go for the Far Out strapline. TL;DR I reckon it could be in reference to improved night photography facilitated by the iPhone 14 Pro’s tipped 40MP camera, with more detail capture meaning sky at night shots littered with stars.
One phone that has been gathering a fair bit of attention over the past few months is the so-called iPhone 14 Max or iPhone 14 Plus. It’s tipped to offer a 6.7-inch display, like an iPhone Max but without demanding the $1,000 plus price tag.
We’ve rejigged our iPhone 14 Plus hub to really give you the lowdown on what to expect from this rumored phone, which looks very likely to be a potential secret weapon in Apple’s phone arsenal.
Speaking of iPad and Macs, we’re not expecting Apple to show off such devices at today’s event, but we do think new models will be on the way soon — probably next month.
One persistent rumor around future iPads has been the addition of an OLED screen, something that Apple already includes in Apple Watch and iPhone models. Right now, the consensus is that the expected iPad Pro 2022 (opens in new tab) won’t get an OLED display, and that we’ll have to wait until 2023 or later for that.
It’s still an exciting prospect even if it’s not imminent, and a new report from 9to5Mac (opens in new tab) details exactly what (and when) to expect on this front.
Managing editor Roland Moore-Colyer here to take on the live blogging once again. And what’s caught my eye out of the gates this morning is the idea of a iPhone subscription service. The rumored idea here is that users can pay a monthly fee for access to an iPhone and a suite of Apple services.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman (opens in new tab), we should see the iPhone subscription service appear “before the end of the year.” So we could see it announced today, though there’s apparently another Apple event in October where it could appear; I suspect that event will focus on iPads and Macs not iPhone services.
Such a subscription service would make sense as we’ve already seen Nokia set one up in the form of its “Circular” service, as revealed at IFA 2022.
If you’re a regular iPhone user, an Apple product launch can create mixed feelings. Sure, those new devices do look tempting — but do they offer enough reason to upgrade over your current model?
Much depends, obviously, on which model you’re already rocking — so our iPhone 14 upgrade guide breaks down the likely advantages compared to iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max, iPhone 13 mini, all varieties of iPhone 12 and iPhone 11, and iPhone SE (2020) just for good measure. Check it out before you decide whether an upgrade is right for you.
For many Tom’s Guide writers, the iPhone 14 Pro is the model to get most excited about. It promises a bunch of upgrades over the iPhone 13 Pro, some key advantages over the standard model and (hopefully) the right balance of features vs price.
Our Phones Editor Jordan Palmer is one of those who likes the sound of it based on all of the leaks so far, as he explains in his feature on the 3 iPhone 14 Pro rumors I’m most excited about.
We’re now just 10 hours away from the start of Apple’s event, which is due to kick off at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. BST.
As you’ll have seen if you’ve been reading this live blog over the past day, there’s a lot that we know about Apple’s new devices heading into the event. Or rather, there’s a lot that we think we know, because nothing is 100% certain yet.
However, there are still plenty of unknowns too, and our Managing Editor Philip Michaels addresses these in his list of the 6 biggest iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8 questions ahead of the Apple event.
One aspect of iPhone design that always sparks plenty of speculation concerns the colors of the new models. This year, there’s tipped to be a new purple hue for the entire range, although likely a different tone for the standard models compared to the Pro versions.
Find out what else is predicted on this front in our guide to the iPhone 14 colors.
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It’s no secret that the iPhone 14 lineup will be running iOS 16 out of the box, but there’s lots of other iPhones that will be able to run Apple’s new software. We’re talking every iPhone dating back to the iPhone 8.
So what should you expect? There’s lots of great new features, including a customizable lock screen, iCloud Shared Photo Library, the ability to unsend text messages and more. Our own Kate Kozuch sheds some light on the possible iOS 16 release date; we expect it closer to the release date of the new iPhones and not right after the Apple event.
iPhone 14 preorders could happen very soon after the Apple event, and early rumors point to a date of September 9. Our iPhone 14 preorder guide has everything you need to know about getting your hands on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro series early.
We also go over the prices to expect — ranging from $799 for the iPhone 14 Pro all the way up to $1,199 for the iPhone 14 Pro Max — and the carrier deals we anticipate.
One more thing…Could we actually see a tease of the Apple VR/AR headset?
The latest rumors point to a 2023 launch for Apple’s first VR/AR headset, so on the surface it would not make sense to show it off at this Apple event. But there are some valid reasons to tease this device.
For one, if Apple wants developers to start creating apps for the rumored realityOS, it will need to prime the pump sooner than later. Recent trademarks actually point to two possible Apple headsets in the Reality One and Reality Pro, and we’ve heard the latter could cost as much as $3,000.
With Meta expected to launch the Meta Quest Pro October 11 at its own Meta Connect event, this could be a way for Apple to steal Mark Zuckerberg’s thunder. But with so many products expected to debut at this Apple event, my money is on a tease later down the road.
If you already own an iPhone 13, chances are you’re not going to upgrade to the iPhone 14. Or should you? The answer depends a lot on whether you’re thinking of going with the regular iPhone 14 or iPhone 14 Plus or the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max.
Our iPhone 14 vs iPhone 13 preview comparison breaks down the biggest expected upgrades from one generation to the next. Based on what we’ve heard, it doesn’t sound like the iPhone 14 will be a huge leap ahead of the iPhone 13.
But if you’re thinking of going Pro? Well, that could actually be quite a big jump, with the expected always-on display, new 48MP camera and other goodies. Of course, Apple is rumored to sweeten the deal with a new iPhone subscription service.
For the past couple of generations Apple has only promised to get you to 50% charge in 30 minutes with its iPhone chargers. But maybe we could see an upgrade with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro series.
Rumor has it that Apple will support 30W charging for at least the iPhone 14 Pro series which would be a notable upgrade from the current 20W charger support. But we don’t know how that will equate to charge times.
We previously heard that all four iPhone 14 models will get 30W charging, and we hope that’s true, as there’s way too many Pro-exclusive features leaking at this point.
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The Apple event hype machine is already in full effect with a promoted tweet that promises to send you a reminder when the Apple event is expected to begin. As a reminder, the Apple event starts at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM GMT on September 7.
And we’ll be there live from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino to bring you all the big news as it happens. We also hope to bring you hands-on impressions of the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and all the other new gear.
One of the biggest questions following the Apple event is likely to be: “what’s the difference between the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro?” To help you out we have an in-depth iPhone 14 vs iPhone 14 Pro preview that breaks it all down.
Short on time? The gist is that the iPhone 14 Pro series is tipped to feature a new 48MP main camera, an always-on display and a new design that ditches the notch in favor of a pill-shaped cutout. And that’s on top of the telephoto camera and 120Hz ProMotion display that are expected to remain Pro-exclusive features.
Plus, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max may be the only new iPhones to feature the new A16 Bionic chip, though the iPhone 14 could get an enhanced version of the A15 Bionic.
This is global editor in chief Mark Spoonauer taking over the Apple event live blog for the next few hours as we get closer and closer to the big showcase. The AirPods Pro 2 is tipped to launch September 7, and now there’s a last-minute leak that could show us the final case design along with new features.
Leaked by Andrew O’Hara on Twitter (opens in new tab), the alleged CAD files show a possible lanyard anchor and built-in speakers for Find My support. So you could be able to track down your lost AirPods Pro 2 more easily.
One iPhone rumor to keep tabs on between now and the start of the September 7 Far Out event is one that emerged about a week ago — that the iPhone 14 could add satellite connectivity that allows you to make emergency calls when cellular connectivity is unavailable.
That’s a rumor that emerged just ahead of the iPhone 13 launch, but never materialized again until people started speaking of it as a possibility for the iPhone 14. What we’re apparently waiting on is for Apple to sign a deal with a satellite provider to support the feature; analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the hardware is otherwise in place on the new phones.
So if satellite connectivity is a go, we could find out just ahead of the launch in case Apple’s satellite partner — whoever that happens to be — lets things slip prematurely.
We don’t often do this, but here’s the current weather conditions in Cupertino, where Apple will be hosting tomorrow’s iPhone 14 launch.
We’d call your attention to the severe heat warning, as the San Francisco Bay Area finds itself dealing with much higher temperatures than normal.
The cooling trend begins tomorrow, just in time for Apple’s event, when temperatures in Cupertino are only supposed to reach 96 degrees. Hope the Steve Jobs Theater has ample air conditioning.
In addition to showing off new hardware at tomorrow’s Apple event, Apple could also unveil a new method of paying for that hardware.
Back in the spring, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg told us about the possibility of a subscription program for the iPhone. Under this proposal, you’d pay a monthly fee for your iPhone, essentially renting the device until it’s time to upgrade to a new model. The subscription price might also include access to some of Apple’s subscription services as well.
Here’s a rundown of what we know about the rumored iPhone subscription service, should it debut alongside the iPhone 14, as some expect.
We’re focusing a lot on the iPhone 14, Apple Watch 8 and AirPods Pro because that’s what Apple is tipped to be showing off on September 7. But there are more products in the works, and likely more Apple events to follow this Wednesday’s edition.
No less an authority than Mark Gurman of Bloomberg (opens in new tab) says so, in his Sept. 7 event preview. There’s a paragraph at the end claiming that Apple will hold another event in October where it will show off a new iPad Pro as well as high-end Macs.
We agree — in fact, we’ve got our own preview of Apple’s other event likely to take place this fall.
iPhones could become hard to find in Brazil, as The Verge reports that Brazil is suspending local sales of Apple phones that don’t include chargers (opens in new tab) in their packaging. If you’re familiar with the iPhone’s history, you’d know that includes everything from the iPhone 12 onward, as Apple stopped including chargers with its phones two years ago, as a way to reduce the environmental impact of its products.
Brazilian officials seem more concerned with the impact of that decision on customers rather than the planet, as it’s arguing that the iPhone is “incomplete” without a charger since shoppers will have to buy that accessory separately.
When the iPhone 14 debuts tomorrow, it’s likely to ship without a charger, too, and we wouldn’t expect Brazil’s decision to change Apple’s strategy going forward. It could be seen as an argument for switching from a Lightning port to a USB-C one, as USB-C is more ubiquitous than Apple’s proprietary port. But we also know that’s not happening with the iPhone 14, either. Maybe next year’s iPhone 15, instead.
You didn’t expect other tech companies to let Apple enjoy a week of news all to itself, did you? About 24 hours before Tim Cook takes the stage for the Apple launch event, Google sent out invitations of its own for an October 6 product launch.
There’s no mystery as to what Google will unveil. It’s already previewed the Pixel 7 and the Pixel Watch, so we expect to get the full releases of those devices at that time. That’s going to summon up comparisons with whatever Apple announces on September 7, especially with the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch 8 leading the charge.
You can look at our iPhone 14 vs. Pixel 7 face-off to see how that comparison is shaping up.
Philip Michaels, here to take you the rest of the way this afternoon and into the early evening as we keep tabs on what’s surfacing just before tomorrow’s big Apple event. Let’s kick things off by talking batteries.
If you’ve been following the iOS 16 beta releases, you know that you’ll be able to flip a switch that makes the battery percentage indicator appear — a feature that’s been MIA since the notch arrived on the iPhone X in 2017. The screenshot up above is my iPhone 12 running the iOS 16 public beta and displaying the battery percentage right there on the battery icon.
The iPhone 14 Pro models — rumored to be notch-free — might move the percentage back to the side of the battery icon where it truly belongs. That, plus how the always-on display rumored for the iPhone 14 Pro models is part of a new report on just how you’ll be able to see how much battery life you’ve got left on Apple’s new phones.
Less than 24 hours to go and now we’ve seen some new Apple Watch 8 Pro renders pop up (via MacRumors (opens in new tab)). These are based on leaked CAD designs, so these aren’t official. It’s an overall very different design, and will likely feature a high price tag to match. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow.
We’ve even some stuff about a third button.
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Check out our very own Kate talk about what she’s doing to prepare for the Apple event tomorrow.
First is the rumored larger battery for the iPhone 14 Pro, which some say could be 3,200 mAh. Considering how good the iPhone 13 Pro’s battery life was last year, I have high hopes that the iPhone 14 Pro will crush our battery life test.
Second, I can’t wait to see if iPhones finally get an always-on display. This is a feature that’s been on Android for years and I really hope I get it back on my iPhone.
Third, the rumored 48MP camera upgrade has me intrigued. The iPhone 13 Pro is already a camera champ, but the extra resolution ought to help it in low-light photos. While Apple is certainly one of the better night mode options out there, it’s not the king. A larger and higher-res sensor might help with that.
Jordan here, Phones Editor for TG, and I’m taking over for the next few hours. As we close in on the big Apple event tomorrow, I got to thinking. What rumors have you the most excited? A few come to mind for me.
I’m looking at the iPhone 14 Pro as my next upgrade, having found myself dissatisfied with the monstrous iPhone 13 Pro Max. But I have three rumored things that get me hyped for tomorrow: battery life, always-on display, and the 48MP camera upgrade.
And here’s editor and video maker extraordinaire Kate Kozuch with a rundown of all the AirPods Pro 2 rumors you’ll want to pay attention to.
Check it out below.
OK, so lets talk AirPods Pro 2 for a moment. We’re expecting a new design and a whole suite of new features, but should you be poised to buy them if they are announced at the Apple event?
Well take a look at our AirPods Pro 2 vs AirPods Pro rundown to get a feel for the biggest upgrades to expect. We’re rather hoping that the AirPods Pro 2 really shake things up on the wireless earbuds front.
If those rumors have got you excited about the Apple Watch 8, and you already have an Apple Watch you are keen to upgrade from, then we’ve got you covered.
Take a look at our guide on how to trade in your Apple Watch, and how you can get credit towards a new smartwatch.
There are a lot of Apple Watch 8 rumors to dissect and rationalize. And that’s exactly what editor Kate Kozuch has done.
Check out the Apple Watch 8 rumors explained video below for a lowdown of what to expect, as well as what not to get your hopes up about.
One of the more compelling rumors to have bubbled up to the surface lately is the claim that the iPhone 14 Pro will feature an always-on display.
Why is that a big deal? Well it would give the iPhone 14 Pro the scope to further challenge some of the best Android phones around, as well as offer a much neater way of seeing information at a glance. Phones writer Richard Priday has chewed over all the iPhone 14 always-on display rumors so far.
To help you break down some last-minute iPhone14 rumors, editor Kate Kozuch has pulled together a video that collates some of the best tidbits of information we’ve put our eyes on.
Take a look at it below. Oh, and like and subscribe!
Based on the rumored specs for the iPhone 14 Pro, it looks like the next-gen iPhone to get — with the only question being whether 6.1 inches is enough, or if you want a larger 6.7-inch display.
However, we don’t reckon you should dismiss the standard iPhone 14 entirely.
As managing editor and phones expert Philip Michaels discusses: “The importance of getting all the valuable things the iPhone 14 promises — great cameras, solid performance, a stellar design — without having to pay more for the privilege can’t be overstated, especially at a time when prices are ballooning all around us.
“The iPhone 14 Pro may be getting some impressive enhancements, but in this environment, the attractive price of the iPhone 14 could wind up being the most compelling feature of all.”
Speaking of options and specs, we’ve pulled together a specs table for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max based on the rumors so far.
With the exception of screen and battery size, the two phones look set to be very similar. That’s the same deal as with the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max, but in contrast to the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which had differing camera capabilities.
Check out the specs list below.
|iPhone 14 Pro||iPhone 14 Pro Max|
|CPU||Apple A16 Bionic||Apple A16 Bionic|
|RAM||6GB (LPDDR5)||6GB (LPDDR5)|
|Storage||256GB, 512GB, 1TB||256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Cameras||48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom||48MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto with 3x optical zoom|
|Colors||Purple, green, silver and graphite||Purple, green, silver and graphite|
But one way Apple could justify a price hike for the iPhone 14 Pro at least, could be a new entry-level storage tier. According to some rumors, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max will start at 256GB of storage space rather than 128GB.
However, this iPhone 14 Pro storage boost has been shot down in a report from Haitong International analyst Jeff Pu, who claims that Apple will be keeping storage the same as it was with the iPhone 13 Pro, which means sticking with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options.
Camera upgrades are all well and good but one of the worrying rumor doing the rounds is how the iPhone 14 range will be more expensive than the iPhone 13 range, with the Pro phones set to rise by $100.
But Market intelligence firm TrendForce (opens in new tab) has predicted that the jump in price won’t be overly severe, with prices rising by $50 instead. Supposedly, this will be a means for Apple to be more cautious with pricing when global inflation in on the rise. We’re not sure how much we buy into that, but we’d much rather no price hike at all, especially if the standard iPhone 14 isn’t changing much.
Just in! A new iPhone 14 Pro rumor. This time it’s an image of what’s claimed to be an iPhone 14 Pro case over an iPhone 14 Pro, with the big take away being the camera lenses of the next-gen iPhone could be notably larger than those of the current Pro phones.
What does this mean in practical terms? Well larger lenses can let in more light and that can mean more detail is captured by a phone’s cameras. With the iPhone 14 Pro already tipped to get a 48MP main camera, letting in more light and boosting low-light photography too, could see it top our best camera phone list; though we’d need to put it through some through testing before drawing any conclusions.
As for the Apple Watch 8 itself, we’re not expecting to see a host of major changes, but a Pro model has been tipped.
And going by some alleged leaked case photos, it looks like the Apple Watch 8 Pro will be a seriously rugged smartwatch able to withstand the elements and rigorous outdoor activities while still offering access to a suite of watchOS 9 features. That’ll likely be thanks to additional buttons and a titanium construction by default.
Shifting away from iPhones, we’re expecting to see at least two new Apple Watch models on Wednesday. But there’s also the Apple Watch SE 2 that may make an appearance.
If you’re wondering whether you should be prepared to buy the iPhone 14 when it launches, or if you should wait for 12 months and get an iPhone 15, then phones writer Richard Priday has chewed over the iPhone 14 vs iPhone 15.
It’s looking like the iPhone 14 Pro will be the phone to get. But if you’re on an iPhone 13 Pro, you may want to consider waiting as the 2023 iPhone model could bring in some major changes, such as USB-C connectivity and a periscope camera.
However, we’ve now heard a new variation on this theme — namely that the A15 chip in the iPhone 14 will be an enhanced version.
This is according to the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), citing “people familiar with the plans.” There’s no indication as to how the A15 will be enhanced — but we’d guess that it would offer slightly higher performance than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which offered one extra GPU core compared to the A15 used in the base iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.
The dual chip approach is one we’ve heard lots about already. For instance, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has also tipped the regular iPhone 14s to stick with A15, while the Pro models get an upgrade.
On the one hand, this would be disappointment — Apple almost always puts new chips inside new phones. But on the other, you could argue that the A15 Bionic is so powerful that having it in the iPhone 14 is going to be no bad thing anyway. And if the version of the A15 used is more powerful than that in the iPhone 13, there’s even less reason to worry about it.
One of the latest rumors to surface ahead of the Apple event concerns a battery boost for the iPhone 14 Pro range.
That’s according to well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman, who writes in his Power On newsletter (opens in new tab) that “beyond the notch, I’m told to expect the iPhone 14 Pro models to appear slightly larger overall and include slimmer bezels. They will have bigger batteries too.”
Slimmer bezels are nice, but a battery boost could help the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro max win a spot on our best phone battery life list, replacing the iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 13 Pro respectively.
Good morning and welcome to our Apple event rumors live blog. We’ll be updating this regularly over the next day-and-a-bit leading up to the event itself, which is due to start at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. BST tomorrow (September 7).
There’s certainly no shortage of last-minute leaks and speculation around the various devices tipped to launch tomorrow, so read on for our thoughts on each one.